December 12th, 2008

Caffeine: Dune

No really, i have a brain

I was just struck by the sudden and in retrospect obvious realization that even if you get plain coffee at Starbucks the large is close to $2. Which makes it a fair bit more expensive than Monster if i buy it at Costco. Despite my constant complaining about the cost it's cheaper to break out a can of Monster than walk to the Starbucks and buy coffee there. I'll have to check the prices at other coffee retailers (none of which are within walking distance unfortunately) to see how they compare. Presumably actually making my own coffee would be cheaper, though i wonder by how much.
Caffeine: Dune

A plethora of coffee posts (and comments)

Since everyone seems to have an opinion about coffee...

Several of my coworkers here have a cool little device that's effectively a drip coffee device that you can use to make an individual cup or two of coffee. I haven't examined them up close but it pretty much appears to be just the cone part of a drip coffee machine mounted on a plastic plate with a small hole in it so you can set it on top of a cup or thermos. Of course since there's no electric parts attached you need to provide your own hot water, but that seems to be a requirement for a french press or an Aeropress as well. The main advantage of this thing, or so i'm told, is that since it uses a normal coffee filter you can just wrap up the grounds in the filter and throw them away and there's nothing else that needs cleaning.

Clearly if i get one of these things i'm also going to get some pre-ground coffee. I am not going to grind my own coffee at work. I am also most definitely not going to be setting fire to roasting my own coffee beans at work. Sorry sithjawa ;)

So the next question is, does all ground coffee need to be frozen? Or does it only really matter for the good stuff? And how long does it last while frozen? And for that matter how long would it be good for if not frozen? :)
Games: Playstation


My playstation credit card finally showed up! Now i just need to figure out where i want to get my PS3 from and which version to get. Unfortunately Amazon doesn't have any cool deals for it like they did a week or two ago =P

I'm leaning towards the 160 GB Drake's Fortune pack. It's $100 more than the 80 GB version, but it comes with a game that's worth about $50 ($60 from Best Buy, $42 from Amazon) and obviously has an extra $80 GB. For the remaining $50 i could certainly buy an extra hard drive that was larger than 80 GB and install it myself, but there's a certain amount of value in the saved hassle of not having to screw with it myself.

Unfortunately when i checked at Costco a couple days ago they didn't have that version. In fact the one they did have was an 80 GB that was more than $400, but i think it had some extras packed in. I guess that means Best Buy is probably the next best choice, unless i want to wait around a few days to see if Amazon puts up another deal.